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Mechanicsville, VA
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The Atkinsons are a rockin' americana band from Richmond, VA. Formed in 2003, their main focus was to write and perform their own brand of original music, as well as incorporate select cover songs that complement their roots rock style. Rooted in rock, touched by country, and rich in harmonies, The Atkinsons merge their signature sound with bittersweet tales of woe and heartbreak. Their originals are written with a hardcore honesty that chronicles America's lost and lonely souls and their life struggles and turmoil. Influences range from Whiskeytown, Old 97s and Son Volt - to Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers and Scott Miller - to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones and Green Day.

The Atkinsons released their debut CD entitled "American Gothic" in 2007 and have received many great reviews and support. American Gothic is more than just an eleven-song compilation. It actually tells a story from start to finish. The first track introduces you to our nameless tragic hero. Throughout the CD you see him grow from a little boy to adulthood. And through a series of bad decisions and bad luck streaks, we eventually come to his death by the end of the CD. Although the lyrical content is dark, the music and melodies are upbeat. From country swing to straight-up rock, the mandolin and fiddle soaked songs keep your fingers snapping and toes tapping

The Atkinsons were featured on the emmy-nominated series called The Music Seen on WCVE Richmond PBS. Videos of ATK performing live at The Canal Club in Richmond, VA can be viewed on band's website and on youtube.